Your home can grow a gorgeous garden in sunny So-Cal if you choose the right plants. If you're landscaping your home, selecting easy to care for, drought-tolerant plants will keep your lawn and flower beds looking great. Perennial plants are those that live for more than two years, giving your landscaping more longevity. Here are 5 perennials to get started with:

California Fuchsia
This plant blooms brightly with orange-red tubular flowers. Dependent on hummingbirds for pollination, expect it to attract friendly winged visitors to your garden as well!

Sage comes in many sizes and forms and are good additions to well drained garden areas. You can choose culinary or ornamental varieties. Sages will flower with aromatic foliage and prefer full sun areas of your yard.

Mexican tulip poppy (Hunnemannia)
Similar to the California Poppy, this bushy plant can grow to 2 feet tall. The leaves are blue-green and it blooms with bright yellow flowers.

Red-hot poker (Kniphofia)
Also known as a torch lily, these flowering plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers that hover well above the foliage. Exotic looking, they will add pops of red, orange and yellow to your landscaping. The flowers are high producers of nectar, attractive to bees and hummingbirds.

Verbena bonariensis
Also known as a "purpletop", this is a tall and slender flowering plant with fragrant lavender flowers in tight clusters. It can grow to 6 feet tall and can spread to 3 feet wide, preferring full sun.
richard hodson
7/26/2015 08:14:18 am


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